Marine Technology

Study mode:On campus Study type:Full-time Languages: English
StudyQA ranking:5760 Duration:36 months

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Research Areas

PhD supervision is typically available in the following areas (but any related topics will happily be considered).

Ship hydrodynamics

Marine and ship hydrodynamics; experimental fluid dynamics; high-speed and advanced marine craft; ship motion response and seakeeping; ship manoeuvring performance; advanced propulsors and cavitation; propulsion systems.

Maritime Operability

Ship manoeuvring in confined waters; motion control of marine vehicles; operability in a seaway; tug design and operation; design for stability; advances in damage stability assessment; goal based design; optimization.

Offshore and pipeline engineering

Hydrodynamics of fixed and floating offshore platforms; mooring design and analysis; reliability-based strength analysis of fixed and floating offshore platforms; residual strength of damaged ships and offshore structures; pipeline design; pipeline integrity and integrity management; decommissioning; strength, fatigue and fracture analysis; corrosion and defect assessments; dent strain modelling.

Technology for the marine environment

Environmental impact of marine design and operations; ballast water treatment techniques; biofouling and environmentally friendly coatings; engine emissions; wash effects; artificial reefs; environmental sustainability assessment; sustainable shipping.

Marine design

Optimal marine design; multiple objective decision support; scheduling in marine construction; safety and security; reliability; dependability; marine transport; virtual reality in ship design; composite warship structures.

Marine engineering

Marine systems; dynamic modelling; power and propulsion systems; marine actuation and control; motion control of marine vehicles; artificial neural networks; intelligent modelling; simulation and adaptive control; diagnosis and sensor validation; all-electric ship; water jets; turbines.

Marine structures

Ultimate hull girder strength; non-linear finite element analysis; fire resistance of composite materials; large-scale structural testing; fatigue reliability analysis of ships; structural reliability analysis (Professor R Dow, Professor L Tao, Dr Y Pu, Dr P Wright).

Renewable energy

Electrical generation systems; marine renewable energy; wave and tidal power devices; tidal power; CO2 transport and sequestration.

Small craft

Design methodologies; design for safety ship stability; tugs; fishing vessels; small commercial craft; sustainability of fisheries; small craft electrical systems; leisure craft.

Marine transport and management

Shipping economics and management; marine transport systems; modelling and forecasting.

We offer different routes to a research degree qualification including full-time supervised research projects, and part-taught part-research programmes. Integrated PhD and part-time programmes are also available.

For more information about staff specialisms please see the School's website.



Our Science, Agriculture and Engineering Graduate School provides a comprehensive training programme in professional/key skills and research techniques, supports personal development, and hosts postgraduate events.


An upper-second-class Honours degree, or international equivalent.

Applications whose first language is not English require IELTS 6.5, Pearson's PTE Academic Test 62 or equivalent.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6.5


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